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Pavement trips cost councils at least £2.1m in compensation, says AA

06 October 2018
An AA-Populus study of over 16,000 AA members on the condition of pavements revealed pedestrians having to watch their step on badly-maintained surfaces but also encounter hazards such as overgrown vegetation, temporary signs, badly-sited lamp-posts and damaged drain covers
An AA-Populus study of over 16,000 AA members on the condition of pavements revealed pedestrians having to watch their step on badly-maintained surfaces but also encounter hazards such as overgrown vegetation, temporary signs, badly-sited lamp-posts and damaged drain covers

 

Pedestrians were awarded at least £2.1m in compensation after tripping on pavements in the past year, research by the AA has revealed.

The motoring association found that 10,572 people made claims against local councils, although only 859 (8%) were successful. While some councils paid compensation on more than 75% of claims, others made no payouts, despite hundreds of claims.

The AA’s Freedom of Information request to 421 councils throughout the UK resulted in 365 responses,...

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